Friday, May 26, 2006

Too many teardrops

Combining my deep and all-consuming love for both Talking Heads and cover renditions of "96 Tears", here's a clip of the whippersnappers at CBGB's in 1975 (sans Jerry Harrison, who'd not joined the band quite yet) performing the ? and the Mysterians classic:



Byrne's vox are surprisingly suited for this song, striking a perfect balance between the tense malice of the original and his unmistakable art-student-in-the-headlights wail. It's too bad they never officially committed a version of this to tape, but via the (seemingly never-ending) magic of YouTube, it's ours to behold for now, at least.

Thanks to both Nudnick of YouTube (for the upload) and Shizaam from Hipinion (for the tip-off).

2 comments:

rizz said...

that is super.

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying your site. As you are a big fan of post-punk, I wondered if you were into Magazine (& Howard DeVoto), one of my favorites of the era. Of bands you mention, I'm also big on The House of Love, The Fall, JMC, etc. Looking forward to your posts.
B.
Vancouver